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CJ 221 Criminal Procedure
Plumb, Greg


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Course

CJ 221 Criminal Procedure

Semester

SP 2009 HO

Faculty

Plumb, Greg

Title

Professor of Criminal Justice

Degrees/Certificates

B.A. in History & Economics from University of Missouri
J.D. from University of Missouri

Office Location

Mabee 206

Office Hours

Mondays & Fridays 8:00-9:00; Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:00-10:00

Daytime Phone

816-584-6506

E-Mail

greg.plumb@park.edu

Semester Dates

January 12 - May 10, 2009

Class Days

-M-W-F-

Class Time

9:00 - 9:50 AM

Prerequisites

none

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Criminal Justice for the Criminal Justice Professional, 10th ed., by Ferdico, Fradella, & Totten (Wadsworth Cengage 2009) ISBN 0-495-50720-2

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Course Description:
CJ221 Criminal Procedure: This basic course examines the procedures to be followed in law enforcement, the courts, and corrections in the processing of the criminal case, from the crime to the end of punishment. The law of search and seizure and the right to counsel in each of the three segments of the criminal justice system are among the topics that will be examined. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

Professor Plumb's educational philosophy is based on using a variety of methods in learning, focusing on the interactive.  Lectures, readings, quizzes, group work, class discussion, examinations, writing, and use of the Internet are significant components of this learning process. Students will be required to analyze, criticize, and synthesize information learned and apply this information in the examination of the constitutional law of the United States as it applies to the criminal justice process, and its impact on society.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the American criminal justice system, its history, and development of procedures.
  2. Identify the agencies involved in the criminal justice system and how each fits into the criminal justice process; while increasing knowledge about the operation of the court system on the federal and state level.
  3. Recognize the current social issues and relationships to the criminal justice system; e.g. victim rights.


Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

A variety of methods will be used to assess the learning that occurs in this course.  Students will be assessed on their class participation, performance on periodic written assignments, group projects, and examinations.  There will be opportunities to work in groups, and to be assessed based on individual and group performance.  See “Grading” below for greater specificity.
 
 

Core Assessment Assignment

Students will write an essay comparing and contrasting the approaches to criminal procedure by the U.S. Supreme Court under both Chief Justices Earl Warren and William Rehnquist. The essay should focus on their significant decisions and the effects they had on the balance between social order maintenance and individual liberties. The essay should address the effects of the Supreme Court’s decisions on law enforcement in the United States. Discuss the Supreme Court’s current approach to balancing civil liberties against public order maintenance.

The essay must include:

  1. A cover page
  2. An introduction
  3. 6 to 8 typewritten double spaced pages of text (i.e. about 1,500 to 2,000 words)
  4. A reference page containing a minimum of six (6) course-external court sources
  5. The essay must be written in APA or MLA style

 

Core Assessment Rubric

Competency

Exceeds Expectation

(3)

Meets Expectation

(2)

Does Not Meet Expectation 

(1)

No Evidence 

(0)

 

 

 

Critical Thinking

 

Evaluation

Outcomes 1-5

The essay demonstrates a thorough appraisal of the researched information. The essay is presented as a congruous and thoughtful exposition of ideas.

The essay demonstrates a satisfactory appraisal of the researched information. The essay is presented as a thoughtful exposition of ideas.

The essay demonstrates a minimal appraisal of the researched information. The essay is presented as a disparate exposition of ideas.

The essay demonstrates no appraisal of the researched information. The essay is presented as an incongruous exposition of ideas.

Synthesis

Outcomes 1-5

The essay is a consolidated integration of the fundamental principles of criminal procedure. Extends research well beyond minimum requirements.

The essay is a presents the fundamental principles of criminal procedure, but integration of themes is weak.

The essay responds to individual issues of criminal procedure, but without integration or consolidation of ideas.

No evidence of combining researched material into a consistent whole.

Analysis

Outcomes 1-5

Essay completely examines the fundamental principles of criminal procedure. It analyzes key elements using 6 or more course-external sources.

Essay examines the fundamental principles of criminal procedure, but may miss a few points. It analyzes key elements using 5 course-external sources.

Essay fails to satisfactorily examine the fundamental principles of criminal procedure. It analyzes key elements using 1-4 course-external sources.

Essay fails to examine the fundamental principles of criminal procedure. It uses no course-external sources.

Application

Outcomes 1-5

The essay shows multiple instances and exceptional understanding of terminology and concepts specific to the course core learning outcomes throughout.

The essay shows sufficient and satisfactory use of terminology and concepts specific to the course core learning outcomes throughout.

The essay shows minimal use of terminology and concepts specific to the course core learning outcomes throughout.

The essay fails to demonstrate an understanding of terminology and concepts specific to the course core learning outcomes.

Effective Communication

 

Content of Communication

Outcomes 1-5

Essay conveys complete and exceptional information on the fundamental principles of criminal procedure.

Essay conveys sufficient information on the fundamental principles of criminal procedure.

Essay conveys minimal information on the fundamental principles of criminal procedure.

Essay conveys no information on the fundamental principles of criminal procedure.

Technical Skill in Communicating

Outcomes 1-5

Essay contains all required technical components: 6-8 pages in length (excluding required cover and reference pages), typed, double-spaced.   Written in APA or MLA Style. Contains fewer than five grammatical or spelling errors.

Essay contains most required technical components. Contains more than five grammatical or spelling errors but errors do not detract from understanding. Written in APA or MLA Style, but may have a few formatting errors. 

Essay contains few required technical components. Contains more than five grammatical or spelling errors that detract from understanding. APA or MLA Style usage is barely evident. 

Essay contains no required technical components. There are so many errors in the APA or MLA writing convention, in the paper presentation, or in grammar and/or spelling that it is difficult to read.

Grading:

Students will be evaluated on the total number of points each student earns as compared to the greatest amount of points that may be earned in each class activity.

In determining the number of points assigned to an activity, the major factors will be the following questions:

  • Was the work completed?
  • Was the work completed correctly?
  • Was the work completed on time?

All assignments are due at the beginning of the class period they are due. Course grades are determined on the following allocation of points:

  • Participation                     150
  • Written assignments          300
  • Core Essay                      200
  • Mid-Term Examination     150
  • Final Examination             200
  • Total                             1,000

Point accumulation for grades:

  • 900 - 1000 points - A
  • 800 - 899 points   - B
  • 700 - 799 points   - C
  • 600 - 699 points   - D
  • 0 - 599 points       - F

Late Submission of Course Materials:

For each class period an assignment is late, points will be deducted.  No course materials will be accepted after the last class meeting in the last week of classes.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

1. Attend class and be prompt.  Class attendance is part of class participation, which is a portion of your grade.  Roll will be checked at the beginning of each class period.  Since tardy entry to a class disrupts the class, your lateness for class will receive a reduction in points.

2. Due to abuses by students in past semesters, there will be no excused absences.  You are either present or absent.  To partially make up for an absence, you must submit to the instructor by the beginning of the next class meeting you attend, an essay of one to two pages in length, summarizing the assigned reading for the class period missed.  The essay must be submitted by e-mail with the essay as an attachment.  IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE UP ANYTHING MISSED IN CLASS.

3. Be prepared for class.  This means that you have read the assigned readings and are prepared to discuss them.  This is a junior level course, and the expectation is that you will function at that level.  This course will consist of class discussion, small group discussion, group work, and individual reporting to the class.  You are expected to take part in the discussions and group work.  Your in-class participation is another portion of your grade.

4. Examinations.  There will be a mid-term examination and a final examination in this course.

5. There will be periodic written assignments in this course.  Further information about these will be provided in the website for this course.  All assignments will be either completed in class or submitted in a dropbox in the eCompanion website for this course.  I will NOT accept assignments submitted by e-mail.  Please see me if you are unfamiliar with using eCompanion.

6. Group Projects.  There will be two group projects in this course.  The specifics of this requirement and the rubric for scoring this requirement will be developed the first class meeting.

7. Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive.  Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems.  Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash.  Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology.  Be sure to save copies of your work to a disk, a hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

All materials, including links to reading assignments, written assignments, the core essay and the examinations will be found in the website for this course.

Week 1 (Jan 12, 14 & 16) Individual Constitutional Rights in the United States – study course syllabus & read text chapter 1; Written Assignment 1 - completed in class

Week 2 (Jan 19, 21 & 23) NO CLASS MONDAY JAN 19, in observance of Martin Luther King Day; The Criminal Justice Process in the United States - study text chapter 2; Written Assignment 2 - completed in class

Week 3  (Jan 26, 28 & 30) Basic Constitutional Concepts - study text chapter 3; Written Assignment 3 - completed in class

Week 4  (Feb 2, 4 & 6) Search Warrants - study text chapter 4; Written Assignment 4 due in the dropbox before the beginning of class Friday

Week 5  (Feb 9, 11 & 13) Administrative & Special Searches - study text chapter 5; Written Assignment 5 due in the dropbox before the beginning of class Friday

Week 6  (Feb 16, 18 & 20) NO CLASS MONDAY FEB 16, in observance of Presidents Day; Arrest - study text chapter 6; Written Assignment 6 due in the dropbox before the beginning of class Friday

Week 7  (Feb 23, 25 & 27) Stops & Frisks - study text chapter 7; Written Assignment 7 due in the dropbox before the beginning of class Friday 

Week 8  (Mar 2, 4 & 6) Review; Written Assignment 8 due in the dropbox before the beginning of class Wednesday; Mid-term Examination on Friday
 
Fall Recess (Mar 9, 11 & 13)

Week 9  (Mar 16, 18 & 20) Searches Incident to Arrest - study text chapter 8; Written Assignment 9 due in the dropbox before the beginning of class Friday 

Week 10  (Mar 23, 25 & 27) Consent Searches - study text chapter 9; Written Assignment 10 due in dropbox before the beginning of class Friday

Week 11  (Mar 30, Apr 1 & 3) The Plain View Doctrine - study text chapter 10; begin Core Essay; Written Assignment 11 due in dropbox before the beginning of class Friday

Week 12  (Apr 6, 8 & 10) Search & Seizure of Vehicles & Containers - study text chapter 11; Written Assignment 12 due in dropbox before the beginning of class Wednesday; NO CLASS FRIDAY APR 10, in observance of Good Friday

Week 13  (Apr 13, 15 & 17) Open Fields & Abandoned Property - study text chapter 12; Written Assignment 13 due in dropbox before the beginning of class Friday

Week 14  (Apr 20, 22 & 24) Interrogations, Admissions, & Confessions - study text chapter 13; Written Assignment 14 due in dropbox before the beginning of class Friday

Week 15  (Apr 27, 29 & May 1) Pretrial Visual Identification Procedures; Core Essay due; Written Assignment 15 due in dropbox before the beginning of class Friday; review for final examination 

Week 16 - Finals Week - Final Examination - Wednesday, May 6 --- 8:00 - 10:00

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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